Tucson woman in trouble for Gila moster killing

Posted at 2:34 PM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 17:34:32-04

Authorities are investigating social media reports of a Tucson woman killing a Gila monster.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department confirmed that Sarah Crabtree is under investigation connected to a Facebook a post in which she appears to have beheaded a Gila monster with a screwdriver.

Crabtree was issued a ticket on five counts: 

  • Possession of restricted wildlife
  • Taking of wildlife without a license
  • Possession and transportation of unlawfully taken wildlife
  • Taking of wildlife during closed season
  • Taking of wildlife by unlawful method
All crimes are second class misdemeanors punishable by six months in jail and a $750 fine.
Crabtree was issued a ticket and will appear in Pima County Animal Welfare Court May 5.

Gila monsters are a protected species, considered "near threatened" and killing one is considered a crime under state law.